Travel Vaccinations for Colombia

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Colombia

Recommended Vaccinations for Colombia at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies

Vaccination Major Risk Factors Course Price
MMR Person-to-Person Course of Two £60
DTaP Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £65
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £66
Yellow Fever Person-to-Person Single Dose £80
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intramuscular £66
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intradermal £66

Colombia in South America shares a border with Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Brazil.

Colombia is a truly joyful land, rich with startlingly beautiful landscapes, overflowing with flora and fauna, and replete with historic sites, and unforgettable cities, set against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.

Travel to Colombia’s Pacific coast to view humpback whales. And, a visit to the capital, Bogotà, is a must. This huge, modern city bristles with excitement. Everything from music festivals, theatre festivals , gourmet dining and so much more awaits in Bogotà. Visit Cartageña’s beautiful beaches and resorts, enough to cater to every taste.

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

Advice for Travellers to all Destinations

The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in Colombia

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

There is a High Risk of Malaria throughout most of Colombia at all times during the year except for the major cities of Bogota and Cartagena or regions at high altitude.

Malaria Prevention

Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Colombia

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.

Yellow Fever Risk in Colombia

There is a risk of Yellow Fever across the whole of Colombia. Travellers should get advice regarding vaccination prior to travel.

Yellow Fever Certification

There is also a Yellow Fever Certification Requirement for some travellers. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Certification Requirements.

Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP).

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Further Travel Health Advice for Colombia

Colombia has a tropical climate, and temperatures generally run in the 30’s. Whether you visit the Amazon rainforest, with hot and humid weather, or the Caribbean or Pacific coasts, you will find high heat and humidity. Dress as you would for any Caribbean vacation, and wear light, loose clothing. Try to keep yourself well hydrated and safe from the sun, by wearing a sun block cream with an SPF of no less than 20.

As with most destinations overseas, it is recommended that you drink only bottled water, and also use bottled water for brushing your teeth, no matter which area you visit. Even in cases where the local water is said to be safe, your system would not be able to adapt to a sudden change in your normal water intake.

The cuisine in Colombia is a delight. Choices are endless, and restaurants use high quality ingredients, which are prepared in the most appetizing ways. On the Caribbean coast, at Cartageña, you will find a rainbow of seafood dishes to tempt any palate. Ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, meat and fish are plentiful and Colombian cuisine reflects its Spanish, Caribbean and Latin heritage. The National dish is Bandeja paisa, which combines grilled steak and fried pork rind with red beans, rice, chorizo, and a fried egg. And what to drink? Remember that in Columbia, coffee is king.

The health care system in Colombia is not dependable, and it is recommended that in case you require treatment, you use only private clinics. Generally, health care services are good, in cities. But the level of care can vary, so it is important to check before travelling to other regions, particularly if you are going into the Amazon jungle, for example. . Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.

Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any unusual activities.

Take the normal precautions when travelling throughout Colombia, however, this country is noted for its friendliness and citizens are helpful.